Passionate Copying in Late Medieval Bohemia
The Case of Crux de Telcz (1434–1504)
history – auxiliary sciences, history – medieval
series: Prague Medieval Studies
paperback, 344 pp., 1. edition
published: august 2021
recommended price: 550 czk
This book presents a detailed case study of Crux de Telcz (1434–1504), illustrating the complexity of the manuscript culture of the second half of the 15th century. The scholar reconstructs Crux’s biography using more than 150 colophons and notes, and analyzes his role as an author, translator, complier, glossator and primarily as a scribe. For comparison, Kimberly Rivers’ study on the Würzburg Franciscan scribe Johannes Sintram († 1450) is included in the book. The most conspicuous feature of the examined late medieval manuscript culture is the unprecedented number of scribe’s paratexts (contents, indexes, explanatory notes, references, identification of sources and others), accompanied by a no less unprecedented number of errors, confusions, obscurities and incoherencies.
First volume of the Prague Medieval Studies (PRAMS) series.